April 16, 2021
The Work-From-Home strategy has now become the preferred way to function for enterprises around the world – as a result of the Corona Virus and related restrictions. Every business is depending on this strategy to thrive in a world that is potentially going digital altogether.
In such a scenario, there is an urgent need for a kind of transition in procedures such that business is not affected (or least affected) and a seamless shift can be made into the work-from-home model.
No matter where people work from, seamless-ness is vital to maintain continuity of a business. Employees of most enterprises rely on communication with partners and clients to do their work and deliver results, and in the wake of current events, these have been challenged.
Businesses usually have two significant challenges when trying to enable seamless WFH:
To have the same level of productivity, of every one working in the organization.
Maintain the effectiveness of business processes and have smooth communications with customers and partners
So how can businesses tackle these challenges and thrive in this work from home scenario, without compromising on the quality of their work or letting it cost them big time?
First and foremost, it is necessary for companies to establish and maintain a fail-safe working structure. For this, businesses need to analyse their load capacity, limitations, and their ability to support their team in every way, and then increase available hardware and software to the possible extent so that all employees who work from home can be accessed, monitored and be able to collaborate and work concurrently on the system.
There also needs to be a system that will help diagnose if anything is going wrong, and also help take and maintain back ups in case of data loss.
Using mobile devices to manage productivity and work flow is a great option. Everyone owns a mobile phone these days – and mostly smartphones. There are various applications for work now that can be installed on mobile. Organizations can get everyone in the company to register on such an app and establish an effective connection. Adding mobile phones to the network increases connection capability and expands the network and improves work efficiency and collaboration.
The monitoring capabilities of companies are entirely based on the kind of network they have. Now that most employees are having to work from their homes, monitoring can be a challenge, and identifying various activities on a network can be made easy through the inclusion of mobiles in the work network.
Another concern for enterprises when going completely digital is security. Security becomes far less efficient and more complicated when everything is online. This puts a significant amount of anxiety on the heads of IT and security departments of organizations. Security needs to be monitored and tested more often and security heads need to be on an all-time alert in these circumstances.
Apart from these basic concerns, there may be few other things that need to be taken care of. Some employees may require access to the systems that only exist on-premises, like the desktops that had been used by them when working from office. Other employees may prefer or rely mostly on face-to-face communications with peers, partners, and customers for a satisfiable outcome, all of which are not easy to make happen during this phase.
To facilitate easy access to resources, companies can switch to cloud platforms. Many enterprises adopted cloud early, and so a majority of their systems are not bound to their physical working systems. The other older firms that haven’t adopted cloud yet, on the other hand, still rely substantially on applications and data centers that are on-premises, and find it even more difficult during this transition phase.
Many enterprises had enabled efficient work from home in the past few years itself, and have been providing the option to work from homes to their employees once in a while to allow them a flexibility. Such organizations have also been able to shift to a fully remote working model after the onset of the COVID. For the remaining enterprises that are still struggling with this adaptation and transformation, the aforementioned pointers can help, along with the numerous applications that can be adopted to establish a fully functioning model for remote working.
Indiamap provides various solutions for such seamless digital transformation and work from home enablement, such as Dialogue and PageWyze, and many more.